How to guide to administering an EpiPen adrenaline auto-injector

Adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) are prescribed to people with allergies who are at risk of having a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). They are your first line of treatment. Recognising the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and knowing what to do in an emergency is vital.

In the UK, two types of AAIs are available – Epi-Pen and Jext. They both contain the same type of medication called ‘adrenaline’, which is given by injection. Each device is given differently, so it’s important that you know how to use your AAI device.

If you or your child recently been prescribed an EpiPen Adrenaline Auto-Injector – Watch our video below.

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How to administer an EpiPen adrenaline auto injector

Watch here as Amena Warner, Head of Clinical Services at Allergy UK, demonstrates how to administer an Epi-Pen AAI correctly.

Key things to remember:

  • If you suspect someone is having a severe allergic reaction, give adrenaline WITHOUT DELAY – if available. If in doubt, give adrenaline!
  • Lie the person flat with legs raised, if breathing is difficult allow to sit with legs raised. Do not stand the person up!
  • Dial 999 for an ambulance and state anaphylaxis (ana -fill- axis) to get medical help as soon as possible.
  • Always carry two AAIs with you at all times. If symptoms do not improve within 5 minutes, administer the second AAI in the other thigh.
  • Check your expiry dates on each AAI. Epi-Pen offers a FREE expiry alert service to receive reminders by text or email when your EpiPen is about to expire.
  • A trainer device is a useful tool for practising how to use your AAI and teaching others how to use it. Order an Epi-Pen trainer device today.
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